‘Black or White’ finds dramatic promise in American race relations (Our grade: B)

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Jillian Estell and Kevin Costner star in Relativity Media’s “Black or White.”
Jillian Estell and Kevin Costner star in Relativity Media’s “Black or White.”

Jillian Estell and Kevin Costner star in Relativity Media’s “Black or White.”

By Roger Moore – McClatchy-Tribune News Service

“Selma” wasn’t the only film about race to get short shrift from Oscar voters this past year. “Black or White” is a frank, touching and very well-acted melodrama about child custody and cultural perceptions of “blackness” and “the race card,” and could have earned Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner fresh Oscar nominations.

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